3 ex-Blackfeet leaders indicted over hunts
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- Three Blackfeet tribal leaders have been indicted
on charges they held illegal big-game hunts on the northwestern Montana reservation
for country music stars including Josh Thompson and Justin Moore.
Supporters of Jay St. Goddard Jay Wells and Gayle Skunkcap Jr say the charges
are politically motivated.
The three were arraigned Tuesday on six counts that include conspiracy, theft
from a tribal government receiving funds and making false statements. They
pleaded not guilty.
St. Goddard is a former Blackfeet Tribal Business Council member who was kicked
off the body last year over the hunts. Wells is a suspended councilman and Skunk cap
was the tribe's fish and game director.
A dozen tribal members traveled to Great Falls to support the men. They say the
charges stem from an internal power struggle.